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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Flying in Paradise...

From a Boeing press release:

Hawaiian Airlines will expand its interisland fleet with the addition of four 717-200s to be leased from Boeing Capital Corporation. The expansion is part of the airline's response to market needs created by the recent closing of its primary competitor, Aloha Airlines.

Hawaiian's current interisland fleet comprises 11 717s, which are used for 150 daily flights among four of the state's islands. It will add two airplanes in September and one each in November and December, for a total fleet of 15 of the Boeing twinjets, all on long-term lease from BCC.

"The 717, with its operational capabilities and fuel efficiency, is an ideal match for Hawaiian's market. We're delighted to be able to support Hawaiian's expansion as it responds to the community's need in the wake of Aloha's closure," said Jordan Weltman, BCC vice president for the Americas region.

BCC is the largest lessor of 717s. The airplanes destined for Hawaiian are already in BCC's portfolio and coming off of long-term lease with another operator. The airline also is planning to use a reserve 717 in active service and add a long-haul 767-300 it already operates to its Honolulu-Maui route to help meet the interisland travel demand. It is also recruiting additional pilots and ground staff to support increased operations.

This interests me for a couple of reasons.

Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines had been taking advantage of a limited clientèle for some time. Although fuel costs are decidedly higher in Hawaii, the prices they were charging for the distances flown were rather exorbitant.

Enter "Go!"; here's what their website says:

Over the past several years, interisland airfare has increased while the number of interisland travelers has steadily decreased. It's about time you had access to cheap airfare. go! brings you the cheap Hawaiian tickets and great service you deserve. Whether it's one-way or round trip, go! will make traveling less expensive and more enjoyable. Before go!'s entry into the Hawaiian market, it was not uncommon to see tickets selling for as high as $171 each way. But all that has changed since we entered the market in June 2006 offering regular one-way fares from $39* to $79*. Support affordable interisland airfare by flying go!. We look forward to becoming your interisland airline of choice.

I flew on "Go!" when I went to Molokai in February. They're a big part of the reason for Aloha Airlines going out of business. Hopefully a bit of healthy competition will make Hawaiian Airlines more reasonable...otherwise, they might just go out of business too.

The other reason for my interest is that as a Boeing employee, what's good for the Company is good for me...


Blogger mmezalick said...

Nice looking plane.
And now for a bit of humor. Take a look at this new airline.


I hope you enjoy.

June 08, 2008 5:48 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Well, there's always the "stuck" factor to boost prices. I mean you don't have a bunch of alternatives when going island hopping, do you? Jump in the outrigger? Swim?

Competition is always a good thing, though...

June 08, 2008 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll see how the Superferry affects inter-island transport.

June 08, 2008 10:45 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Derrie-Air, huh?

That's funny on a number of levels.

Competition is always a good thing, when it comes to prices...

Grant Jones:
Hopefully the Superferry will help.

They letting it go to Kauai yet?
(I'm visiting there next Winter)

June 09, 2008 6:54 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

I wish that inter island air fares were of even passing concern which of course is just my jealosy shining through

June 09, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Now to get the husband to take me to Hawaii! :)

June 09, 2008 1:10 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Maybe someday when I retire there you'll come visit.

You can do it! I have every confidence in you...

June 09, 2008 9:46 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I like the "Derrie-Air" link. I guess they specialize in hauling people's butts around the sky, eh?

I'd love to go to Hawaii again, but I can't afford the gas to get to the airport!

(:D) Best regards

June 10, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger benning said...

When I flew into San Angelo, TX, I always caught a commuter plane in Dallas - a prop plane. I call 'em puddle jumpers. Question: Aren't these viable alternatives to big jets for flying from island to island?

June 10, 2008 9:40 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

That "Derrie-Air" site is amusing, yes.

Can't you take a bus and/or train to the airport?

There are a lot of turboprop planes doing those runs, yes.

3 out of 4 legs to Molokai from the Big Island and back were on 'em...

June 11, 2008 7:29 AM  

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